Music Festival continues with events Tuesday, Wednesday

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Courtesy Photo Areta Zhulla

The 2014 Greencastle Summer Music Festival continues Tuesday and Wednesday with international concert violinist Areta Zhulla, named the 2011 "Young Artist of the Year" by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, being joined by Chilean pianist Eugenio Urrutia.

The festival continues with a preview event featuring Urrutia at Starbucks at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with a concert by both performers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Gobin Memorial United Metho-dist Church.

All festival events are free and open to the public. The festival is supported by donations from local individuals and businesses, including the Inn at DePauw.

Courtesy Photo Eugenio Urrutia

Now in its 10th season of presenting Wednesday night concerts in Gobin, the festival has added the Tuesday Starbucks events, following the weekly 6 p.m. ParkFest concerts in Robe-Ann Park, as a way to engage with younger audiences new to classical music in an informal and interactive setting.

Zhulla and Borlando's Wednesday program will feature music by J. S. Bach (the famous "Chaconne" from the Partita in D Minor), Chausson, Albeniz and Franck.

"We are very excited to be presenting this rising young artist," says Eric Edberg, the festival's founder and director and newly named Cassel Grubb University professor of music at DePauw, said.

"Areta is playing all over the world, from Greece to Paris to Carnegie Hall in New York," Edberg added. "She is currently performing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the most prestigious chamber music series in the United States. What a special opportunity to present this rising star."

Eugenio Borlando, the virtuoso Chilean pianist who makes his home in Indianapolis, has performed on festival concerts many times since Edberg started it in 2005.

"Eugenio has developed a large following here," Edberg said. "Many people have said that his concerts have been among their favorites. The festival's mission is bringing the community together with friends making music for friends, and I think of the summer as a celebration of friendship and music. Eugenio and I are friends and he has many friends here in Putnam County. He and Areta are friends, and both of us are delighted to introduce her to the community."

Named 2011 "Young Artist of the Year" by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, Greek violinist Zhulla is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic and passionate artist. She has performed at many renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Arts Centre of Canada. She made her Megaron Hall debut in Athens in 2010, performing under the baton of legendary French conductor Michel Plasson and the Athens State Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent engagements include solo performances with the Camerata Orchestra of Greece, Westchester Philharmonic, Kenosha Symphony, and the State Symphony of Thessalonica. She has performed with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center.

A member of Chamber Music Society Two, she holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and was a recipient of the Vergotis Scholarship. Ms. Zhulla performs on a copy of Stradivarius's "Viotti," made by her father, Greek luthier Lefter Zhulla.

Award-winning pianist Urrutia made his concert debut with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepcion at age 11 and the following year won the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition and Concurso Jovenes Talentos.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Urrutia has performed an extensive repertoire in South America, the United States, Germany and Russia collaborating with violinists Alexander Kerr and Laurie Carney, cellists William Grubb, and Andres Diaz, violists Roberto Diaz and Csaba Erdelyi, bandoneonist Pietro Antonio Soave, and clarinetist Frank Glover.

The Greencastle Summer Music Festival brings the community together with friends making music for friends. Free concerts are scheduled every Wednesday through Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Gobin Church, plus informal preview events at the Greencastle Starbucks on Tuesdays at 8:30.

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